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Our Ella Belle Wins NZ Taranaki Cup
Coolmore-based stallion & multiple Australian Champion Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a NZ group success (& 73rd individual stakes-winner world-wide, followed by a 74th via Kiss From A Rose in Australia later in the day) when 4YO mare Our Ella Belle (Encosta De Lago-Kirin Belle, by McGinty) scored a 1-length victory in the NZ$80,000 Gr3 Taranaki Cup (1800m) at Pukekura Raceway. Our Ella Belle (ridden by Lisa Allpress for trainers Steven Ramsay & Julia Ritchie) defeated 5YO mares Dawn Ghost (Pyrus-Lucadore, by Wild Rampage) & favourite Sharp Princess (Pins-She's Snubbed, by O'Reilly). Our Ella Belle now has 4 wins & 3 placings (including both 2009's Gr1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas over 1600m at Riccarton Park & Listed Royal Gem @ Stoney Bridge Canterbury Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park) from 12 starts for NZ$121,475 earnings.